Swing and a Miss or Inside the Park Home Run: Which Fate Awaits High Intensity Exercise Training?
As we bask in the fading glow of the 2012 Summer Olympics games, it seems apropos to discuss the clinical application of an exercise training regimen that was systematically applied to elite athletes nearly 80 years ago. Then Drs. Woldemar Gerschler and Herbert Reindel, a professor of physical education and a physician, used the scientific method to develop the basic principles of what is referred to today as high intensity interval training (HIIT)1. The use of HIIT, which consists of a series of repeated bouts of high intensity exercise intervals alternated with periods of low to moderate intensity recovery, remains a mainstay in the training regimen of many of today's athletes, regardless of whether they are our youth participating in middle school track or seasoned veterans competing for Olympic Gold. (SELECT FULL TEXT TO CONTINUE)
- Received August 6, 2012.
- Accepted August 9, 2012.
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